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									14100 POLICY – UNIFORM & STANDARDS OF DRESS

Version: 6 Last Updated: 24/03/05           Last Reviewed: 24/03/05

ECHR              Potential Race Relations Impact: Medium 24/03/05


1. About This Policy

     1.1.   This policy details the required standards of dress and appearance
            by all Hampshire Constabulary Police Officers and Police Staff.

     1.2.   The policy applies to Constabulary staff employed in uniformed and
            non-uniformed roles including specialist roles.


2. General Principles

     2.1.   The Hampshire Constabulary holds a unique position in the
            community.      The Constabulary is represented by each of its
            members, our policing standards being reflected in the image
            portrayed to the public. The appearance and dress of all employees
            is required to be clean, smart and appropriate to their appointment.
            There will be few exceptions when this will not apply.

     2.2.   Hampshire Constabulary staff will dress in a manner which presents
            a professional image of the Force at all times.

     2.3.   Staff who for religious and cultural reasons wear specific items of
            clothing, jewellery, etc will be accommodated within this policy.

     2.4.   Staff who for religious, cultural or any other reason are unable to
            comply with the wearing of Personal Protection Equipment or other
            items of uniform supplied specific to the role they are carrying out,
            must bring it to the attention of the Head of that Department. The
            Head of Department in consultation with the Forces Health and
            Safety Adviser will then carry out an individual risk assessment to
            facilitate the staff member, wherever possible, to carry out that
            function.


3. Statement Of Policy

     3.1.   This policy recognises the diversity of roles played by both uniform
            and specialist departments within the Hampshire Constabulary. This
            policy does not seek to duplicate the standards of dress defined in
            the related procedures:

                   a) 14102 Procedure – Dress Code Hampshire Police Air
                      Support Unit;
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                b) 14103 Procedure – Dress Code – Hampshire Roads
                   policing Unit;

                c) 14104 Procedure – Dress Code Hampshire Constabulary
                   Marine Unit;

                d) 14105 Procedure – Dress Code – Hampshire Force
                   Support Unit;

                e) 14106 Procedure – Dress Code for Hampshire Scientific
                   Services Departments;

                f) 14107 Procedure – Dress             Code    for   Hampshire
                   Constabulary Dog Section;

                g) 14108 Procedure – Dress Code – Hampshire Firearms
                   Unit (forthcoming).

  3.2.   Officers attached to these units will         wear the appropriate
         uniform/clothing as specified in the          relevant departmental
         procedures.

  3.3.   The standards of dress for court appearance are detailed in the
         relevant Force Procedures for each individual department.

  3.4.   Officers deployed on public order duties will wear clothing
         appropriate to the role as dictated by the Operational Commander
         in consultation with the Public Order tactical Advisor. The different
         modes of dress for Public Order trained officers can be found in
         14105 Procedure – Dress Code – Hampshire Force Support Unit.

  3.5.   Uniforms worn by Police Officers and Police Staff must be clean,
         pressed and in good order. The policy recognises that there may
         be times that CID officers may be employed in roles which require
         them to dress less formally. This clothing may be worn at the
         discretion of the head of department or BCU commander and may
         include denim jeans.

  3.6.   Jewellery - Will not be worn if it is likely to place the wearer or any
         other person at risk of harm. The wearing of rings is permitted for
         uniformed staff up to a maximum of four rings. Non-uniformed
         staff may wear any number of rings, subject to the requirement to
         present a professional image.

  3.7.   Earrings - A small pair of stud earrings may be worn in ear lobes by
         female police officers and female uniformed staff. Other female
         non-uniformed staff may wear earrings, subject to the requirement
         to present a professional image. Male Police Officers and male
         Police Staff are not permitted to wear earrings or studs whilst on
         duty.
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  3.8.   Body Piercing - Nose piercing may only be worn as an indicator of
         marital status on cultural or religious grounds. No other body
         piercing is to be exhibited by constabulary staff including tongue
         piercing.

  3.9.   Tattoos – No members of staff will be permitted to expose tattoos
         that:

                a) undermine the dignity and authority of the office of
                   constable

                b) are garish or numerous or particularly prominent

                c) could cause offence to members          of   the   public   or
                   colleagues and/or invite provocation.

  3.10. Visible tattooing is not encouraged and those staff members who
        choose to have such tattoos must ensure that they are publicly
        acceptable. Where there is any doubt about the acceptability of
        existing tattoos, staff members will exercise discretion and ensure
        that they remain covered. It will be for managers to consider
        whether the acquisition of a tattoo or facial piercing by a serving
        police officer might constitute a breach of the Code of Conduct or
        constitute a risk to the health and safety of the officer.

  3.11. Hairstyles - Will be smart and conform to the public’s expectation of
        the office. The dying of hair to an un-natural colour i.e. pink is not
        acceptable. This policy recognises that officers engaged in plain
        clothes operations may need to deviate from these standards due
        to the specific nature of the operation.          The consent of a
        supervisory officer will be required in such circumstances.

  3.12. All uniformed Police Officers and uniformed Police Staff will wear
        ties at all times. During periods of exceptional hot weather the
        Chief Constable may relax this requirement. Officers engaged in
        Public Order/ Searches may also be excused form wearing ties
        depending on the dress outlined for the operation.

  3.13. No member of the constabulary whether Police Officer or Police
        Staff is permitted to wear a badge or tiepin which expresses an
        affiliation towards a political group or pressure group. It is
        acceptable for a badge to be worn as a tie pin, however, this should
        be Force approved (e.g. including Staff Association pins) and limited
        to one in number.

  3.14. Sunglasses can be worn by Police Officers whilst driving but they
        must be removed before speaking to members of the public. Any
        such sunglasses must comply with British Safety standards, be
        shatterproof and appropriate in style to the wearing of police
        uniform. In addition Marine Unit Police Officers are permitted to
        wear sunglasses when speaking to members of the public at sea on
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            in locations adjacent to the water. This is due to the glare of the
            sun which makes sunglasses a necessity.

    3.15. Protective Vests - Where issued to Police Officers and Special
          constables it will be mandatory to wear the vest at all times whilst
          engaged on operational duties. Marine officers may be exempt
          from wearing protective vests due to the need to wear life jackets
          whilst on board launches.

    3.16. It is the responsibility of all members of staff to ensure that they
          comply with this policy and their specific departmental procedures.


4. Implications Of The Policy

    4.1.    Effective and consistent application of this policy will ensure that
            the constabulary presents a professional image to the public and
            that the health and safety of staff is protected.


5. Monitoring / Evaluation

    5.1.    BCU commanders and heads of department are responsible for the
            implementation and monitoring of this policy in their area.

    5.2.    The Director of Personnel has overall responsibility for monitoring
            the application of this policy.


6. Review

    6.1.    This policy will be reviewed annually.

    6.2.    The review will take account of changes in legislation and working
            practices, as well as consultation with relevant internal departments
            and external agencies where significant change is proposed.


7. Related Policies, Procedures And Information Sources

    7.1. Related Procedures

            7.1.1. 14101 Procedure – Uniform & Standards of Dress

            7.1.2. 14102 Procedure – Dress Code Hampshire Police Air Support
                   Unit
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          7.1.3. 14103 Procedure – Dress Code – Hampshire Roads policing
                 Unit

          7.1.4. 14104 Procedure – Dress Code Hampshire Constabulary
                 Marine Unit

          7.1.5. 14105 Procedure – Dress Code – Hampshire Force Support
                 Unit

          7.1.6. 14106 Procedure – Dress Code for Hampshire Scientific
                 Services Departments

          7.1.7. 14107 Procedure – Dress Code for Hampshire Constabulary
                 Dog Section

Origin:   Personnel Department

								
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